The Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival runs Aug. 30 and 31 at Kal Beach in Coldstream.

The Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival runs Aug. 30 and 31 at Kal Beach in Coldstream.

Festival makes a splash

Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival, largest festival of its kind in Canada, goes Aug. 30 and 31

Organizers of the Kalamalka Classic Standup Paddleboard Festival are stoked to announce this year’s schedule.

The largest festival of its kind in Canada is expected to draw more than 200 paddlers from across North America to Kal Beach Aug. 30 and 31.

“It has a competitive element with the crowing of the king and queen of Kalamalka, but it’s more about getting everyone in the family involved, whether it be a recreational paddle, kids race, or a chance to cross the full length of Kal Lake”, said Kevin O’Brien, race director.

The events include:

The Eagle Dash Recreational Race – a short 2 mile ‘social’ race for new paddlers to get their feet wet.  A great chance to get involved in the festival and get some exercise.  Do it solo or with a partner!

WikiHolo – An exciting event that includes a Le Mans-Style beach start, around a buoy-riddled course and back to the beach for a short beach run… and another lap.  Great for spectators and paddlers alike.

KeikiHolo – Same as the WikiHolo but for all kids 13 years and under.  The kids get to do a pre-race clinic with World Champion, Lina Augaitis, followed by their own race.  Medals for top three, t-shirts for all

Naish N1SCO Team Relay – Teams of 4 will compete head-to-head around a short course for prizes and fun.

Sunday’s marquee event is the 5th annual Kalamalka Crossing – A 10 mile scenic trek across the full length of Kalamalka Lake from Oyama to Kalamalka Beach – Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock.

Proceeds go to the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake.

“Their efforts help preserve the health of Vernon’s drinking water and create awareness for our amazing lake,” said O’Brien.

To register, go to www.kalamalkaclassic.com.